OOTD & MOTD for January’s Birthstone: Garnet

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Gemstone pic via Photobucket.  Gemstone info via Crystal Vaults and Wikipedia.

Yesterday’s look was inspired by January’s birthstone, Garnet.  Garnets are mainly red, but can be found in all colors except blue, which is very rare.  Garnets can be found all over the world and have been valued for over 5000 years, since the Bronze Age.  The name “garnet” comes from the word granatum, the Latin word for “pomegranate”.

 

GARNET INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Stone of Health

COLORS: All except blue

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 6.5-7.5

TYPES: Almandine, Andradite, Grossular, Pyrope, Spessartine, Uvarovite

ZODIAC SIGN:  Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

DEITY: Sekhmet, Egyptian goddess of war

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The goddess Sekhmet – (Image via Photobucket)

DIVINATION: “Dreams of garnet signify the solution to a mystery.”

CHAKRAS: Root (1) and Crown (7)

HEALING PROPERTIES: Cleansing, rejuvenation, balances and purifies energy, aids in sexual potency

 

Here is the result of my inspiration:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long black dress (D1), long-sleeve black shirt (S2), red tie-dye bell bottoms (P2), black velvet scarf (Scf1), Hook-and-loop ankle boots (B2)

 

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Long dress: Dharma Trading Co., Black shirt: The Gap, Tie-dye bell bottoms: L. Rose Designs, Boots: 20 Twenty Vintage (Etsy)

 

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Large red bindi: Blue Sun Tribe (Etsy), Black velvet scarf: National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Blood vial necklace: Vampfangs

 

Here’s my makeup.  I recently purchased some new, red eyeshadow from Ben Nye®.  I was a bit nervous in trying red eyeshadow, but I actually like how it looks on me.  New year, new color:

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Ben Nye® Lumiere Creme Color in Cherry Red

 

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I wanted to change my birthstone posts up a bit from last year.  Last year’s posts were more informative, but this year’s posts will be short and sweet. For a little more information on garnets, you can read my garnet post from 2015.  For a lot more information you can go to Crystal Vaults.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & Makeup for January’s Birthstone: Garnet

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Gemstone photos via Photobucket.  Garnet info via American Gem Society.

I’ve always been fascinated with gemstones and their symbolism.  I think this is great inspiration for makeup, so every month I’ll do a makeup look inspired by that month’s gemstone.  This month’s gemstone is Garnet.

It can be hard to distinguish between garnets and rubies, since both of these gemstones come in different colors, not just red.  To me, garnets seem a bit darker and closer to blood red; rubies seem to be brighter, with a slight pinkish tone.  This opinion is solely based on what I see, not on science or anything.

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TOP IMAGE: raw garnet, BOTTOM IMAGE: faceted garnet

 

According to the American Gem Society, garnets symbolize “eternal friendship and trust”.  Like many gemstones, garnets were, and are still used, for healing.  Garnets are used to “aid [the] blood,  heart, and lungs”.  They’re also used to “promote romantic love, passion, sensuality, and intimacy”.

For me, they symbolize blood, so that’s what I went for.  Here’s what I wore yesterday: 

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Burgundy lace cardigan: Amazon, Long-sleeve black shirt: The Gap, Black short dress: Dhama Trading Co., Long 25-yd. skirt: Ebay

 

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Bindi: Blue Sun Tribe (Etsy), Leather choker: Art of Spirit Leather (Etsy), Blood vial necklace: Vampfangs.com. Rings were bought from Ebay and street vendors.

 

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Moccasins: Minnetonka (brand)

 

Here’s yesterday’s makeup.  I wanted something dark and witchy, so I went for heavy, black eyeshadow:

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I like how my makeup turned out.  I applied black eyeshadow a little above my eyelid crease, and I think they make my eyes look bigger!  Big eyes and big hair.  Woo hoo!  We’ll see what I can come up with for next month’s gemstone.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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